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operated by the national security agency, the nsa. he spoke to us by video in hong kong to explain his action. he denied any intent to harm security. he claims he blew the whistle to prompt a public debate about legitimacy and propriety. he had taken refuge in hong kong. snowden is resisting expedition to the united states. damage assessments are already under way in the nsa and cia, the central intelligence agency, and homeland security and other federal agencies whose secrets snowden is able to compromise. he's put himself under the jurisdiction of hong kong, the timing of snowden's disclosure is of particular interest, so close to the summit between president obama and -- of china. chinese cyber intrusion items. it's a diplomatic embarrassment to the u.s. and a serious undercutting of president obama's negotiating posture, vis-a-vis china. >> what's more i between, what snowden did to the nsa or what they're doing to american citizens. >> i think he damaged the security of the united states, and i think he ought to be prosecuted. the national security agency have spent decades defen
prism operated by the national security agency, the nsa. last week snowden surfaced in hong kong via video to explain his actions. snowden denied any intent to harm u.s. security. he claimed he blew the whistle on the nsa to prompt a public debate about the program's legitimacy and propriety. he said he had taken refuge in hong kong, the same city and territory of the people's republic of china. snowden is resisting extradition to the united states, so damage assessments are already underway in the nsa and the cia, the central intelligence agency and the department of homeland security and in other federal agencies whose secrets show -- snowden is positioned to compromise. besides snowden's decision to put himself under the jurisdiction of hong kong, the timing of the disclosure is of particular interest, so close to the critical summit between president obama and premier xi jinping of china. snowden's current revelations are seen as a major ongoing diplomatic embarrassment to the u.s. and a serious undercutting of president obama's negotiating posture vis-a-vis china. question, wha
as a director of the national security agency and commander of u.s. cyber command. as you noted, we have extraordinary people doing great work to protect this country and to protect our civil liberties and privacy. over the past few weeks, unauthorized disclosures of classified information have resulted in considerable debate in the press about these pro programs. the debate, as you noted, was fueled by incomplete and inaccurate information by little contact on the purpose of the programs, will have u to our national security and that of our allies and protections in place to preserve our privacy and civil liberties. today, we will provide additional detail in context on these pro programs to help inform that debate. these were approved by the administration, congress and the courts. from my perspective, a sound legal process that we all work together as a government to protect our nation and our civil liberties in privacy. ironically, the document that have been released so far show the rigorous oversight and compliance our government uses to balance security with civil liberties and pr
to be prosecuted. the national security agency have spent decades defending this country. what did we learn? that they have access to verizon's records and aol and yahoo and all the rest. but they can only access these records if they have found some connection to a terrorist and if they go to a court and say we need to access those records. by and large the guys working at the nsa are american patriots who have put in decades at the silent service. there's a wholesale exaggeration, the potential for evil doing is huge as it is in the irs. but there is no single example yet that this has been abused. >> what is a fesi court. it authorizes -- >> is it an invisible court. >> yes. >> why are you talking about an invisible court. >> because that's the court that the national security agency goes to -- >> why don't have they have cabinet rank. >> because it's sort of the like -- >> is it an agency,. >> yeah. it's under the clapper. >> what is clapper. >> the head of national security overall over the cia. >> reporting to whom directly. >> to the nsa and the president. >> where is his office? in
for two weeks now the national security agency is defending its datly collection program with a new document released to congress. chip reed has more. >> reporter: the national security agency collects phone records on tens of millions of americans but a document sent by top intelligence officials to congress this weekend says fewer than 300 people were identified through the program last year and all of them were suspected of having ties to foreign terrorist organizations. releasing that information is part of an effort by the obama administration to alleviate fears about the nsa surveillance program. >> does the president feel that he is violated the privacy of any american? >> he does not. >> reporter: he was asked about assertions by edward snowden the former contractor who admits he leaked information on the programs to the media. >> he claimed, for example, he could listen in on anybody's conversation including the president's. >> incorrect. >> did he overstate his ability to do these things? >> it's surely my view he did. >> reporter: he said the nsa surveillance programs wer
pull one out of the hat again?urn out in this election. >> the super secret national security agency is head quarterereded in maryland just outside of washington, d.c. the nsa is building another facility in the middle of the utah gadge jet where they will capture everything we say or text electronically, phone calls, internet searches, you name it the nsa has it. a plan politico's roger simon describes as possesing all of the qualifications to become a grocery bagger. high school drop out hired as a c.i.a. guard,ed by the and claims he had access to just about everything. sbl when you see everything, you see them on a more frequent basis and you recognize some of these things are abuses. you captain come forward dens the world's most powerful intelligence agencies and be completely free from risk because they are so powerful that no one can meaningfully oppose them. >> we reject as faults the choice between safety and ideals. candidate obama becomes president obama and discovers that sometimes the demands of national security do challenge our ideals. he's not the first president to
security agency have been monitoring the phone records and internet activity of citizens should concern every american. >> and syria is indeed using chemical went tons kill its own people. what happens now? >> now every day that goes by is complicated. there are no good options. >> times change and the immigration system has to change with those times. >> the u.s. senate race in massachusetts. could republicans pull one out of the hat again? >> you've got to turn out in this election. >> the super secret national security agency is head quarterereded in maryland just outside of washington, d.c. the nsa is building another facility in the middle of the utah gadge jet where they will capture everything we say or text electronically, phone calls, internet searches, you name it the nsa has it. a plan politico's roger simon describes as possesing all of the qualifications to become a grocery bagger. high school drop out hired as a c.i.a. guard,ed by the and claims he had access to just about everything. sbl when you see everything, you see them on a more frequent basis and you recognize som
records to our internet habits and who we email with. >> the national security agency is building this massive new data center in utah. >> this is a mammoth facility. the published reports indicate that it can hold five zeta-bytes of data. >> zeta bytes? they've got to be careful with those. i think that's how michael douglas got throat cancer. boom! [ cheers and applause ] hey, hey, he left you. jon left you. i'm here. so, it turns out the government is monitoring vastly more information than even george orwell wet the bed over, which brings us to our new segment. >> read the time off your [bleep] wrist watch. >> what are you doing? you won't know who to trust. the good news... [ cheers and applause ] good news you're not paranoid is brought to you by tin foil. why not wear it as a hat? okay. so, the government has built a giant computer that basically records every facet of our daily life. what is this sinister program called, rain foreshadow blade, the human snoop-ipede. >> the internet surveillance program is called prism. >> prism? that's the best you've got? with a logo that
the potential terrorist event over 50 times since 9/11. >> that is the head of the national security agency, general keith alexander. the deputy director of the f.b.i. gave four examples. he says in 2009 they intercepted an email from a frist tristd to a person in the united states. >> through a legal process he was identified. he was located in denver, colorado. >> the f.b.i. was able to serve a search warrant. >> in time, bomb making components and backpacks. he later confessed to a plot to bomb the new york subway system. >> another example was a foiled plot to bomb the stock exchange. nearly half of americans says they don't approve of the surveillance program since snowden leaked their existence there is has been outrage over privacy. they say the phone company that is the same access to the data. >> nsa have the ability to listen to listen to phone calls or read emails? >> no, we don't have that authority. >> yahoo, law enforcement agencies made 12,000 requests for data. >> edward snowden is hiding in hong kong and some fear he will defect to china and give up secrets to china but sno
was not the subject of any investigation prior to that tip from the national security agency? >> no, actually he was the subject to our prior investigation seven years earlier. that was closed because we could not find any connection to terrorism. then, if we did not have the tip from n.s.a., we would not have been able to reopen the case. >> but at the time you were not investigating the case? >> that is right. >> and when they dip that number into the business records, the preserved business records from the court order, they dip a phone number in and a phone number came out in san diego, did you know who that person was when they gave you that phone number? >> no, we did not. we had to serve legal process to identify this person and corroborate it. then we later had electronic surveillance. >> when you went up on electronic surveillance, you used a court order, a warrant, a subpoena? >> that is correct. >> what did you use? >> a fisa court order. >> so you had to prove probable cause to go up on this individual's phone number. that is right? >> that's right. and it has been mentioned several
for the national security agency. >> there's no word on whether the man will face any charges. >>> president obama is defending his administration's handling of the syrian war. the president's first comments come following friday's announcement regarding the aid of weapons after bashar al assad's crossing of the red line. >> this argument that if we had gone in earlier in some fashion, that the tragedy and chaos had taken place in syria wouldn't be taking place i think is wrong. >> a new pugh research poll finds 70% are against the u.s. and its allies sending arms and military supplies to anti-got groups in syria, 20% are in favor. nearly two-thirds say the u.s. is overcommitted the sdmroop syria is expected to take center stage at this week's g-8 summit. while they support opposing sides in the conflict, they agree that the civil war must come toon end. nbc news chief whus correspondent chuck todd joins us live from ireland. chuck, good morning. >> good morning, mara. you played the president's comments to charlie rose there about syria. one other point he made in that interview had to do with th
obama's interview on pbs monday, the national security agency disclosed it investigated less than 300 phone records seized in the broad collection of metadata last year. the agency also said the monitoring has foiled terror plots in the u.s. and 20 other countries, and not to release details this week. the head of the nsa, general keith alexander, is appearing before the house intelligence committee today in a rare public hearing. for more we're going to glenn greenwald, a columnist for the guardian of london who broke the nsa surveillance story earlier this month and a number of other sins, including snowden coming forward as the nsa was a blower. he is back home in brazil after returning from hong kong were edward snowden is believed to remain. on monday, glenn greenwald moderated the online chat was snowed in the guardian. welcome back to democracy now! a lot has been happening. it to say the least, yet been very busy. talk first you moderated the discussion yesterday. what most surprised you or should i say what do you feel is most important about what edward snowden, the nsa whis
in the national security agency requests. this is the first time we're learning about specific requests in the wake of the nsa leaker. according to lawyers for both companies in the last six months of 2012, facebook, listen to this, facebook received between 9,000 and 12,000 requests for information. and microsoft said it received 6,000 and 7,000 during that same time period. cnn's laurie segall is joining us by phone. tell us what this means for users of microsoft and facebook. i think what this means, we need to know for national security that these companies like facebook, like microsoft, this say huge resource that they're tapping into this information. and we're now beginning for the first time to really see some transparency. you know when facebook put out this report early this morning, late last night, they essentially said that local law enforcement uses these reports to try to help track down missing children. gang-related activity that's going to help with national security. so for the first time, we're really beginning to wrap our heads around the idea that our lives online
, the national security agency is coming out swinging. defending its data collection methods to congress. plus. privacy concerns are making their way to other technological devices. like google glasses! north korea says it wants to meet with high-ranking u-s officials to "ease tensions." that's according to north korean state t-v that reported members of kim jong un's national defense commission are prepared to meet to talk about a range of topics. including the country's controversial nuclear program. today dick cheney was asked what he though about north korea's proposal. the former vice president didn't seem too optimistic about how useful talks would be. a senior obama administration official said they will discuss north korea's proposal with south korea and japan at an upcoming meeting. it's been two weeks since we've learned about the government's data mining and surveilance program. now the national security agency is defending its data collection in a document released to congress. cristina mutchler breaks down the governments explanation of how the surveilance program is being used. n
security agency where edward snowden once worked as a contract employee until he exposed two of n.s.a.'s surveillance operations. one of those collects the phone records of millions of americans the other program monitors internet traffic. well, today before the house intelligence committee, alexander answered critics saying that these programs save lives. homeland security correspondent bob orr begins our coverage. >> reporter: general keith alexander claimed the n.s.a. surveillance programs recently revealed by leaks have helped stop more than 50 potential attacks since 9/11. >> these programs are critical to the intelligence community's ability to protect our nation and our allies' security. they assist the intelligence community efforts to connect the dots. >> reporter: at least ten of the disrupted plots, alexander said, involved homeland-based threats. u.s. officials previously revealed two of them, n.s.a. intercepts of terrorist communications led the f.b.i. to arrest a colorado man, najibullah zazi for plotting to bomb new york's subways. similar intelligence nabbed chicag
about the two controversial surveillance programs by the national security agency. top agents say the program thwarted potential terrorist plots in the u.s. and more than 20 other countries. >> reporter: in september 2009, imag zazi would be arrested in colorado. the following january, the arrest of an alleged coconspirator. both examples of what u.s. intelligence officials say the national security agency surveillance programs work. according to information released saturday by the senate intelligence committee, this is one of dozens of flots thwarted by the program. they have found themselves in the hot seat after classified information was leaked by edward snowden. intelligence officials say that fewer than 300 phone numbers investigated last year. in a database of millions of phone records collected by the nsa. they can only be examined for suspected connections to terrorism. the intelligence community tried to push back in overreach of phones and internet use auj. google and facebook, pushing as well. allowing for more transparency for users without compromising security. >>>
that national security agency is defending its data collection. in a document released to congress, the national security agency argued that increase in years, dozens of their plots in more than 20 countries have been disrupted and. despite having billions of phone records, officials are is then agency has repeatedly said it only collect and manage data-phone number is, phone call durations and locations of the two parties. no names or addresses. >> apple says it received between four and 5000 requests from u.s. enforcement for customer information between december of last year and may 31st of this year. apple said the request came from federal, state and local authorities, and included both criminal investigations and national security matters. but the company wanted to make it clear how much access the government has. in a statement, apple said " we do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order. " >> muni buses are about to get a facelift. mayor ed lee and ask after mta officials are expected
long kept a low profile. the national security agency or nsa. let's get a closer look from cnn pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. >> jim, the jokes have been that it stands for no such agency or never say anything. there is a lot of mystery surrounding this agency. one thing is becoming very clear. for all of the information that the nsa has already collected, it's nothing compared to what it's about to be able to do. cia spies have their secrets. so do the men in special ops. but they can't compare to the national security agency. >> the nsa is the most secret agency in the country. it's far more secret than the cia. >> reporter: the nsa is headquartered in a highly secure section of fort meade army base in maryland and is building a new surveillance center in the middle of a utah desert. there, spread out over a million square feet of cables and computers, the nsa will capture everything from e-mails to internet searches, phone calls, and personal data. >> it's designed to hold an enormous amount of communications. >> reporter: author james banford estimates the center will be abl
with a new and stunning development in the national security agency surveillance of american citizens. facebook is coming forward with their roles in the national security agency requests. this is the first time we're learning about specific requests in the wake of the nsa leaker. according to lawyers for both companies in the last six months of 2012, facebook, listen to this, facebook received between 9,000 and 12,000 requests for information. and microsoft said it received 6,000 and 7,000 during
for the national security agency. the group's top lawyer. he is testifying in front of the house of intelligence committee about the revelations of edward snowden the 29-year-old former contractor for the nsa who alleges that that group is in his view illegally collecting all kinds of information about american citizens. the testimony goes on, let's listen in. >> programs primarily target non u.s. persons, but can you -- this is probably a question for you mr. joyce just to clarify you've said if a u.s. person or overseas, or a non u.s. person living in the united states, that if -- we become aware that they may be involved in terrorist activity that they are served process. can you go into that level of detail of what then happens and how the courts are involved if we become aware that a u.s. person or -- is involved? >> so i think either maybe i misspoke or you misspoke. we are not looking at all at u.s. persons. the 702 is anyone outside the united states, and even if a u.s. person is outside of the united states it does not include that in the 702 coverage. it's a non u.s. person outside the
whose revelations embroider the national security agency in its worst scandal in history. the second agency is accused of spying on communications of foreign dignitaries. just minutes aye away to nick roberts with potential damning revelations. first, other stories making headlines right now. >>> a lot of ex sploeplosions a the syrian capital. two bombs and more in just a moment as well. >>> to colorado where firefighters are making huge headway against the most destructive wildfire in history. the black forest fe burning near colorado springs is 65% contained. the progress comes amidst considerable lost. 473 structures destroyed and two people killed. >>> storms in missouri and more could be dumped tomorrow. it was hit hard yesterday dumping as much as 10 inches of rain in two hours. roads flooded, many cars stranded, luckily no injuries reported. >>> violence rocked omaha, nebraska yesterday. four shootings in less than three hours left fothree people dead and two critically injured. it kicked off the world series. one of the three people killed was one of the shooters. >>> oversea
. members return on wednesday. the head of the national security agency told a house panel today that over 50 terror threats around the world have been stopped with the assistance of surveillance programs that were recently disclosed by former contractor edward snowden. that hearing is next on c-span. oner tonight, house debate banning abortions after 20 weeks. director robert mueller testifies on capitol hill tomorrow at an oversight hearing. he will take questions on a data collection program run by the national security agency. watch live coverage at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span three. next, an essay director general keith alexander speaks about data collection programs. is three hours. >> call this meeting to order, please. host[indiscernible] on short notice. that was the nice things we said about you. that is why we turned the microphone off. still not working? all right. holding for technical difficulties. can you hear me? now it's working. the committee will come to order. thank you for appearing before us today, especially on short notice. the ranking member and i believe it is im
and that is the national security agency disclosures about whether americans' privacy has been invaded. this morning in the "washington post," barton gellman, who will be along later this morning on this broadcast, has a big front-page story about government officials, and he just underlines that this is something that's been going on for a long time. they've been worried about national security agency encroaching on americans' privacy. back in 2004, two officials at the time-- the acting attorney general, joams kome, and the f.b.i. director mueller threatened to resign because they thought the surveillance was being done-- that they were intriewgd on privacy. they didn't, but i must say, mr. mcdonough, a lot of what the story underlines seems very much like we're hearing what-- what we're hearing about today with these disclosures by edward snowden. so let me just ask you to start. do you have any comment on this story that bart gelman has this morning? >> i saw the bart gelman story and he has worked on this the past couple of weeks very aggressively. much of what he was working on was a draft rep
of the national security agency lie to congress about whether the feds can listen to our phone calls and read our emails if they choose? judge napolitano said he did indeed lie. the judge will join us to explain. and important new details on drones. the head of the fbi said hours ago that the feds do use drones to spy on people inside the united states of america. don't you? it's all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." >>> but first at 3:00 in new york city, a pro football star apparently part of a possible murder investigation. police in massachusetts last night searched the home of the new england patriots tight end aaron hernandez. just one day after a jogger found a man dead in an industrial park about a mile from hernandez's home. some officers stood on the front steps of that home last night while others walked around the driveway and garage. one officer took a box from the house. state troopers returned earlier today but when they knocked, nobody answered the door. sports illustrated reports hernandez is not believed to be a suspect. but state police have spoken wi
network revealing what information has been released, but following discussions with the national security agency, data will now be released in so-called transparency reports. we heard from a cyber security analyst earlier who told us this could increase fears about the erosion of online privacy. >> what's happening here is they have the ability to request seermation about people to what they are doing. i think there is some concern about this. we should not be surprised that facebook and other internet companies are working with authorities in this regard, but you also need to think more carefully about who you are communicating with, what information you are sharing publicly social networks and elsewhere. the recentnd from events in the headlines is that -- secrets themselves secret societies themselves a very bad at keeping secrets. if they cannot keep those in the top secrets secret, how good will they be at keeping our information secret as well. facebook andt facebook advertisers, but also other authorities. >> authorities are putting out the most instructive wildfires to hit colorad
are the controls? >> one man we hoped would answer it the national security agency general chief hal zander. when he declined requests to sit down with us for the interview we sat down with offices where alexander was speaking at a cyber security event. they hold the data from the american citizen. >> we don't hold data they take civil liberties and privacy as the most important thing they do in securing this nation. so when people just throw out oh they are going to have all of this stuff at the data center that's balloon knee. that's ludicrous. i am not going to come out and say here's what we are doing in utah. that would be ridiculous, too. it would give add ver terries a great advantage. >> this is about the possibility the government's stunning new capacity to collect store and analyze data would have less than noble leaders if not now than in the future. >> it is a turnkey situation and back totalitarian state pretty quickly. the capacity to do that is there. >> life bliberty and the pursui of happiness are there all of the time. the people we ask american people how much more do you want
springs. >>> and news that the national security agency has been monitoring the cell phones and the internet communications have sparked a lot of debate over the rights to privacy. when face the nation today, the white house chief of staff says that the president barack obama has not violated the privacy of any americans. he says that the president has acted with the full knowledge and corporation of the congress. >> so we need to find the right balance between protecting our privacy, which is sacred for the nation and protecting the country from the real risk and threat that we face. they are not saying to trust me that they are saying that i want every member of congress on the authority that we're running the program to understand it, to be briefed about it, and to be comfortable about it. they have authorized these programs and these debates are to their credit. but at the end of the day it's bipartisan, enacting these. >> there is more as the white house said that the meta data pulled by the secret government program does not contain the content of the communication tha
. now the national security agency is defending its data collection. in a document released to congress, the national security agency argues that in recent years, dozens of terror plots in more than 20 countries have been disrupted. and despite having billions of phone records officials searched the database fewer than 300 times last year. the agency has repeatedly said that it only collects metadata -- phone numbers phone call durations and locations of the two parties. no names or addresses. >> big votes are expected this week in the u-s senate on an immigration reform bill. the bill is supported by a bi-partisan group of eight senators. if the measure passes the democratically-controlled senate, it will face an even tougher battle in the g-o- p-dominated u-s house. the house is expected to take-up it's own immigration reform bill this week as well >> prosecutors and george zimmerman's defense attorney's are returning for a second week of jury selection in zimmerman's second-degree murder trial. defense attorneys are confident they can pick a jury in the florida county where t
. the repercussion for the g-8 is the idea that the nsa, the american national security agency, was spying or listening into the suppose it to phone calls of then russian president dmitry medvedev. then they were passed on to the british equivalents -- equivalent of the nsa. the security agency in moscow has tried to put a damper on it and say, we are happy with the security arrangements and the confidentiality of our leaders phone calls at the g-8, but the man at the head of the russian parliament international affairs , "it ise has tweeted,, a scandal." the u.s. denies it, but we cannot trust them. it is a total lie. a situation where the russians have this on more -- enormous amount of entity -- and took a peek -- antipathy. this is what nobody wanted from the british side in terms of trying to thaw that relationship. does it matter in the big scheme of things? i think probably everybody accepts that spying goes on. the british would see this article as most unhelpful. as you say, i'm sure nobody is surprised. think you for that. -- thank you for that. the former south african leader ha
into the agencies that do this. in united states primary agency is the national security agency which a lot of people haven't heard of which is larger than they fbi and cia combined. it's the biggest in the world and it's fascinating they have 40,000 employees in maryland at their headquarters but another 20,000 employees scattered all over the planet at these listening stations where they intercept communications. so i will read you a little bit about the biggest as of the stations which is called mental leaf hill. i went to see this base which is really in the middle of nowhere and fairly illuminating experience. you cannot help but note the juxtaposition. here are way from the world amid rolling pastures and attractive land where the air is redolent of cow dung flies the most sophisticated eavesdropping station on the planet. england's moors are after all cow country. leaving the victorian spot town at taxi winds west through eight miles of countryside. i have been warned and seen photos. i know what to expect. but as the first dome covers and decide i catch my breath. via khalid road ri
's surveillance scandal. a whistle-blower revealed the u.s. national security agency has been hacking into computers in china among other countries. edward snowden worked at the nsa as a contract employee. last week, he told "the guardian" newspaper the agency has been collecting internet and phone records in its fight against terrorism. a chinese foreign ministry spokesperson says the allegations underscore the fact that china is one of the biggest targets of cyber attacks. >> translator: china resolutely opposes any form of hacking. what is needed in cyberspace is not war or hegemony, but rules and cooperation. >> the spokesperson says china will set up a special group on cyber security under the authority of the foreign ministry. she says chinese officials will promote talks on the issue through diplomatic channels. >>> u.s. commanders are increasing their military presence in the asia pacific as part of a strategic redeployment. they plan to raise the number of marines stationed in australia by nearly six times next year. australian prime minister julia gillard announced 1,150 u.s
to hold the person responsible for these disclosures. >> the directors of the national security agency and the fbi commenting on this man, edward snowden, a 29-year-old american and former technical contractor who revealed himself as the leaker of the information about how our government collects phone and other data about us as part of what the government calls an effort to protect us. glen greenwald was the journalist who made headlines reporting the classified information provided by snowden. greenwald's involvement getting the attention of one key lawmaker. >> no right is absolute. and even the press has certain restrictions. i think it should be very targeted, selective and certainly a very rare exception. in this case when where you have someone that has disclosed secrets like this and threatens to release more, to me yes, there has to be legal action taken against him. this is a very unusual case with life and death implications for americans. >> there are a lot of issues to deal with here.k grenell first,t do you think about congressman king's assertion this might be a case whe
. >>> this week, we expect to hear more about the national security agency's surveillance programs. the nsa leaks have left a lot of unanswered questions including whether the data collection programs actually help thwart any terrorist plots. good to see you on the windy white house lawn. what are officials saying about the surveillance programs. >> reporter: that's right. it's windy here. it depends who you talk to. i have folks on both sides of the issue. house committee chairman mike rogers was on state of the union this morning talking about this program. he says as more information comes out about what just what kinds of plots these surveillance programs were able to help thwart, that will allay some of the concerns of the modern people. let's listen to what he had to sa say. >> i do think it helps. as people get a better feeling this is a lockbox with only phone numbers, no names, no addresses in it, we've used it sparingly, it is absolutely overseen by the legislature, the judicial branch and the executive branch, has lots of protections built in, if you can see the number of cases where w
general of national security agency and claiming that the u.s. and allies are less safe as a result of this surveillance leaks. he told the senate committee that more than a dozen plots have been disrupted by the nsa programs but with calls coming to shut them down, what is left in the terror fighting arsenal. we're back with joe and dan and matt cominsky also joins us. dan, how important in the fight in terror with these programs? >> u.s. security did catch a terrorist, one who was going to blow up the new york subway system. he begin in denver where it was picked up by the data mining program. they were looking for patterns and pointed in the direction of these people. >> paul: connections overseas? >> at that point the envies a turned it over to the f.b.i. and asked the f.b.i. to start monitoring telephone calls. they did zero in on this particular individual. they tracked him from denver to new york city where agents on the ground followed him and caught him eventually before they were able to carry out a very real plot to blow up cars on the new york subway system. which those
to hold the person responsible for these disclosures. >> jon: the directors of the national security agency and f.b.i. commenting on this man, edward snowden, a 29-year-old american and former technical contractor who revealed himself as the leaker of the information about how our government collects phone and other data about us as part of what the government called an effort to protect us. glen greenwald saying the information provided by snowden, his involvement getting the attention of one key lawmaker. >> no right is absolute. even the press has restrictions. selective and very rare exception but in this case, someone who disclosed secrets like this and threatens to release more, there has to be legal action taken against him. it's an unusual case with life and death implications for americans. >> jon: there are a lot of issues to deal with. to you, rick grenell, what about the assertion that you go against journalists in this case glenn greenwald for the leak? >> i think this is very simple issue. reporters think government is too secretive. i think it's a good thing for report
at the national security agency. gentlemen, glad to have both of you here. bill, let me start with you. i don't think this is really so much about edward snowden as it is about the programs and their value to the country, and whether or not they violent the constitutional rights of americans. but i do want to ask in your view is edward snowden a good guy or bad guy? >> well, i certainly think that what he's done in exposing these programs is really a great public service. this kind of what i refer to or think of as unconstitutional activity by the government needs to be addressed by the public openly and so we can as a country decide whether or not we want our government to do this kind of activity. after all, collecting this kind of knowledge about the citizenry is a very dangerous thing for the government to have. >> i want to bring up, you left the nsa back in 2001 because you thought that there were some things happening even then, this was 12 years ago, that crossed the line. what line did it cross and what was the final straw for you when you said that's it, i'm done? >> well, it was be
their comfort level. >> the national security agency says 26 countries have been disrupted. >>> the first topic on the agenda was syria. o obama was called on to do more. >> we want to balance the military power and arms won't do it. >> we have to be very discerning about what is in our interest and what the outcome is best for us and the prices we are willing to pay to get to that point. we will not do it. >> according to the united nations, 93000 people have died in the conflict. >> as the g8 summit starts in ireland, 8 of the world leading countries talk about affairs. it is expensive to cover international trade and the possibility of trade barriers between the united states and european union. this demonstration was supposed to raise awareness of extreme poverty. this was a resort. the roads to the resort were closed trying to keep protestors far away from the meeting place. >>> ktvu was there with the father's day celebration. >> families boarded the uss hornet. >> we have a long navy family. we wanted to do something patriotic. >> you like the airplane? >> yeah. >> reporter: those with
defending it. the national security agency argues that dozens of terror plots have been disrupted and despite having billions of phone records, officials search the data base fewer than 300 times last year. the agency has repeatedly said they on collect meta data. phone numbers, phone call durations and locations of the two parties. no names or addresses. now privacy concerns are making their way to other high-tech devices like google glasses as they become more popular. they are raising eyebrows about what the glasses are capturing. >> it is seen as the next tech frontier. technology you wear instead of just carrying around. >> desk top to mobile to tablet. now we will wear our computers. >> reporter: they see a potential for apps in healthcare and law enforcement. person fitness. in addition to creating buzz, they are also creating some privacy concerns. a recent survey by cloud computing operator rack space says it has enhanced their lives some way, but those not wants to adopt it cite privacy as a barrier. >> they have a sort of always on feature where as with smartphones, if
in classified documents he obtained when he was a contract worker at the national security agency. he revealed earlier this month that the nsa has been collecting telephone and internet records in its fight against terrorism. his latest information suggests british agents monitored the e-mails and phone calls of g-20 delegates around the clock. and it says agents set up internet cafes so they could better eavesdrop on the delegates and track their communication. "the guardian" report say senior officials of then-prime minister gordon brown okayed the hacking. nhk contacted the british foreign office to get reaction to these revelations. a spokesperson said they do not comment on intelligence matters. >>> criticism of global tax evasion is growing. that's especially true in eu countries where strict austerity measures have been imposed since 2009. now, japan's upper house has approved an international treaty aimed at preventing tax evasions. the upper house has unanimously approved the treaty which has already been signed by 55 countries. until now japan's tax authorities could not seize moneys
national security agency contractor edward snowden leaked. the paper says at the 2009 g20 summit in london, the u.s. intercepted messages from the last russian president. it's no secret the u.s. and russia spy on each other. but the now public accusations will only make it harder for the two countries to find common ground. tara mergener for cbs news, the white house. >> the guardian also says the british government hacked emails and phones of russian leaders during the 2009 summit. >>> prince philip is back home this noon. the 92-year-old husband of queen elizabeth left a london clinic where he spent the last 11 days recovering from abdominal surgery. the duke of edinboro spent his 92nd birthday in the hospital. buckingham palace says he will be convalescing for the next two months. >>> and nelson mandela's condition continues to improve. the 94-year-old antiapartheid leader is spending his tenth day in the hospital with a lung infection. today his family met with reporters to thank his supporters for all of the cards, emails and tweets wishing him well. mandela is in serious condition. d
national security agency contractor who exposed secret u.s. surveillance programs has denied any links to the chinese government. edward snowden dismissed speculation as a predictable smear. snowden answered questions in a live web chat with leaders. earlier this month the british newspaper published information from him about the surveillance program. u.s. agents had been collecting records about private phone calls and internet activity. former u.s. vice president dick cheney called snowden a traitor and possibly a chinese spy. snowden told guardian readers he had no contact with the chinese government and warned the obama administration if it takes harsh action against him, it will face an equally harsh public response. another man who has exposed secrets said snowden is a hero. wikileaks founder has been hiding out in the ecuadorian embassy in london and he is prepared to say for five more years after they refused to let him leave the country. the the ecuadorian foreign minster meat the request. william hang promptly rejected it. they arrested him in 2010 and he is wanted to answer
continues here at home over reports that our own national security agency has been spying on u.s. citizens. the leaker who broke the story, edward snowden is talking again. we have more from washington. this story keeps on growing, what's the latest? >> reporter: it's pretty stunning. edward snowden may be on the run from the united states. he was last spotted in hong kong, but he was able to take some time out of his busy schedule to give an online chat to the guardian newspaper today. and in that chat, he had a range of things to say, including he's disappointed in some of the media coverage focusing on him, rather than his revelations. he also has something to say about the technology companies that are involved here, and how they responded. take a look at this statement from snowden earlier today about the tech companies. he said their denials went through several revisions and it became more and more clear they were misleading and including identical specific language across companies. he also had some thoughts here on his own possible next steps. he said, all i can say right now is t
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